On the Front Lines: Workforce Development at the Community Level

Friday, April 6, 2018
10:00 am   -   11:00 am
Room: 204C
Moderator: Andrew Soergel, Senior Economy Reporter, U.S. News & World Report

Rather than just rely on government funding, many employers and educators are forging public-private partnerships in their communities to tackle workforce development challenges and to address the skills gaps in their particular communities. By tailoring efforts to local and regional needs, workforce boards, economic development authorities, chambers of commerce, employers big and small, and others are pooling resources and linking up with school systems and universities to make a real impact at the grassroots level. Such partnerships are multifaceted and there is no one-size-fits-all approach, but these collective efforts can help individual stakeholders break out of their silos, track and share critical data, and push for policy changes that will accelerate progress. Hear from several leaders across the country who have seen real results with workforce-focused public-private partnerships.

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